New Delhi: Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya feels that the time his younger brother Hardik spent away from the game has helped him become a better cricketer.
Hardik seems to be in menacing form with the bat ahead of the World Cup, having overcome a back injury and a massive controversy following his sexist comments on a popular TV show.
“When he was away from the game due to injury and the other reasons (controversy), he worked a lot on his fitness. We started playing the game together and one thing that I can say that cricket has always been his priority,” he said.
“Honestly, there are very few players who have a work ethic like him. His goal is always to improve and if you do that, you become consistent,” said Krunal after the Pandya brothers guided Mumbai to a 40-run win over Delhi Capitals here Thursday.
Be it spinners or bowlers with express pace, Hardik has developed the ability to hit them out of the park.
“Earlier he used to smash spinners, now he is also doing the same to pacers. He worked on that area during the off time he got and he has gotten the desired results,” said Krunal. “What like I most about is never give up attitude. Every year, he is adding something or the other to his game. In fact, I have also a learnt a lot from him.”
Hardik (32 off 15) and Krunal (37 off 26) had amassed 51 off last 18 balls to propel Mumbai to 168 for five against Delhi Capitals.